Court Jails Six In Abeokuta For Internet Fraud - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Sunday, March 21, 2021

Court Jails Six In Abeokuta For Internet Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, has secured the conviction of six internet fraudsters before Justice Mohammed Abubakar of the Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The convicts are: Ogunleye Oluwayemi Femi, Abayomi Taofeek (a.k.a. Jessica Andrew), Oluyemi Kayode (a.k.a. Robert Linda), Kolawole Abiodun Henry, Abiodun Akinyemi Olusoji and Busari Oluwatobi David.

While Ogunleye was convicted of hacking into a network computer and imputing fake data with the intention that the data would be acted upon as genuine, an offence that is contrary to Section 13 and punishable under same Section of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015; the others were all found guilty of fraudulently impersonating some foreigners, contrary to Section 22 (2)(b)(i) and punishable under Section 22 (2) (b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.) Act, 2015.

They all pleaded guilty to their respective one count charges based on the plea bargain agreement earlier reached with the Commission.

In view of their plea on Friday, Justice Abubakar convicted and sentenced Ogunleye , Olusoji and David to two months imprisonment each, while Taofeek, Kayode and Kolawole bagged   three months jail terms.

In addition to the jail terms, Ogunleye was ordered to restitute his victims the sum of N12, 208,773 (Twelve Million Two Hundred and Eight Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Three Naira Only), while  Olusoji is to forfeit N400,000 (Four Hundred Thousand Naira Only) to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

David, Taofeek, Kayode and Kolawole are to restitute their victims to the tune of $3,540USD (Three Thousand Five Hundred and Forty United States Dollars); $200USD (Two Hundred United States Dollars ); $100USD (One Hundred United States Dollars ) and $50USD ( Fifty United States Dollars ) respectively..

The convicts are to forfeit items recovered from them at the point of arrest to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
EFCC Arrests 18 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Ogun

Earlier, same Friday, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office arrested 18 suspected Internet fraudsters in Ogun State.

The suspects are: Ibrahim Oreniyi Atolani, Tijani Faruk Ayobami, Yisa Ademola Ibrahim, Olukoya Aliu Temidayo, Sulaimon Sharafdeen Adebayo, Adebayo Abiodun Mustapha, Lateef Aremo Shina, Ali Mukit Olamilekan and Tajudeen Taiwo Hassan.

Others are: Aina Ayomide Oluwapelumi, Adetola Yusuf Omogbolahan, Adekoya Ibrahim Olamilekan, Oreniyi Sulaimon Olalekan, Tiamiyu Olamide Babatunde, Ojetola Michael Timileyin and Ajetunmobi Bariu Toyosi.

They were arrested at Remo Majestic Hotel, Shagamu, Ogun State during an operation by Operatives of the EFCC on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

Items recovered from the suspects include exotic cars, mobile phones, laptop computers, Wi-Fi and modem devices.  

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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